Another year winds down to find this blog well into it's third year.
2005 also marked ten years for my personal web site, which has been under my own domain since 2000.
It's been a good year for me, and hopefully for you as well. All the best in 2006!
Saturday, December 31, 2005
Another year winds down to find this blog well into it's third year.
Friday, December 30, 2005
Thursday, December 29, 2005
"Personally, I liked the university. They gave us money and facilities, we didn't have to produce anything! You've never been out of college! You don't know what it's like out there! I've worked in the private sector. They expect results." -- Ghostbusters
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Monday, December 26, 2005
I had a discussion with the photographer of a photo I posted here.
I'm going to cut him some slack because English is not his native language.
He stated that "I don't believe guns do anything other than generate violence."
Note that this fellow is a gun owner himself. By his logic, his guns will cause him to commit violence.
As long as it's only against paper targets at a range, then he has exerted his control over those inanimate objects.
I replied with
I just don't see inanimate objects as a cause of violence. Firearms can be a very effective tool for a person to commit violence, but they don't "generate" violence. They are also extremely effective tools for self-defense.
His response was: "Well, as long as people remain ignorant I do believe that inanimate objects have the power to generate violence."
Given this lack of logic, I'm going to have to go with it must be a religious issue with him. He must belong to one of those sects that believe objects have power that can influence people against their will.
As far as I know, no inanimate object, including firearms, have gotten up and committed violence on their own.
There is a gun cam, where you can keep an eye on a revolver, just to make sure it doesn't animate and act of it's own will.
In print, Vin Suprynowicz's "The Black Arrow". This is some serious assed hard core Libertarian fiction. A fun read and full of interesting historical quotes.
On my Palm, Michael Z. Williamson's "The Weapon."
Set in the Freehold Universe, it's well written military SciFi.
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Commpassionate Democrat evicts Heartless Republican!
No. It is not.
Here's the real story:
A liberal lawyer in Los Angeles is threatening to throw nearly three dozen homeless center residents back on the streets because of something he finds indefensible: The center's founder is a Republican and voted for President Bush.
Roughly 30 men, women and children may be forced to leave Dome Village – a 20-year non-profit center for support and housing of the homeless – and will have to try to survive on the streets because of a punitive rent hike imposed by the landlord right before Christmas.
So much for the posture of compassion.
I could say more, but that would require the use of language that I only use on my own weblog.
I'm disturbed tremendously that such a suspicious story was accepted so uncritically by alleged critical thinkers -- and I'm a bit surprised that the student's identity is still being protected. Why shouldn't we know who's behind this?
Friday, December 23, 2005
Big Brother reared it's ugly head with this government offical's quote:
"The Department of Justice believes -- and the case law supports -- that the president has inherent authority to conduct warrantless physical searches for foreign intelligence purposes and that the president may, as he has done, delegate this authority to the attorney general,"
Not just wiretaps, but actual physical searches, without a warrant, in clear violation of the 4th Admendment!
Jamie S. Gorelick should be called in front of Congress, placed under oath, and made to answer for such a statement!
Who is Jamie S. Gorelick you ask? He was a Deputy Attorney General under President William Jefferson Clinton.
He made that statement in 1994 in testimony before the democrat controlled House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
He was explaining why Bill Clinton has conducted such searches as well as wiretaps of exclusively domestic targets.
HT to Paul over at Wizbang!
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
It seems that Bill Clinton was a major supportor of warrantless searches, warrantless drug testing of public school students, and warrantless wiretapping. According to this report from the CATO Institute:
The Clinton administration has repeatedly attempted to play down the significance of the warrant clause. In fact, President Clinton has asserted the power to conduct warrantless searches, warrantless drug testing of public school students, and warrantless wiretapping.
The Clinton administration claims that it can bypass the warrant clause for "national security" purposes. In July 1994 Deputy Attorney General Jamie S. Gorelick told the House Select Committee on Intelligence that the president "has inherent authority to conduct warrantless searches for foreign intelligence purposes."  According to Gorelick, the president (or his attorney general) need only satisfy himself that an American is working in conjunction with a foreign power before a search can take place. . . .
It is unclear why the president made warrantless roving wiretaps a priority matter since judges routinely approve wiretap applications by federal prosecutors. According to a 1995 report by the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts, it had been years since a federal district court turned down a prosecutor's request for a wiretap order.  President Clinton is apparently seeking to free his administration from any potential judicial interference with its wiretapping plans. There is a problem, of course, with the power that the president desires: it is precisely the sort of unchecked power that the Fourth Amendment's warrant clause was designed to curb. As the Supreme Court noted in Katz v. United States (1967), the judicial procedure of antecedent justification before a neutral magistrate is a "constitutional precondition," not only to the search of a home, but also to eavesdropping on private conversations within the home. 
President Clinton also lobbied for and signed the Orwellian Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, which is forcing every telephone company in America to retrofit its phone lines and networks so that they will be more accessible to police wiretaps.
As to where this authority came from, one only has to look to an executive order signed by another southern democrat President.
HT to Mr. Reynolds.
There is much more over at Protein Wisdom.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Since the storm hit, I've repeatedly said that 80% of what the media was reporting was flat wrong. They're just now figuring that out. I knew 3 months ago that white people were disproportionally effected by the storm. And I was sitting in a hotel room in Memphis TN at the time. Over a week ago I blogged that More white people died per capita a fact just now getting around the blogosphere.
One of the things the NY Times found was that, "Of those who failed to heed evacuation orders, many were offered a ride or could have driven themselves out of danger - a finding that contrasts with earlier reports that victims were trapped by a lack of transportation." 3 months ago I tried to "bust the group think" by posting: "The Katrina Evacuation: A Phenomenal Success".
So I'm glad Wizbang is no longer a voice in the wilderness. We've lead the way in other parts of the story too. From the fact that Katrina was probably a Category 1 storm by the time it hit New Orleans* to the fact Mayor Nagin had hundreds of busses that could have been used to evacuate the Dome and never used them. - Not to mention the Corps of Engineers posts.
Am I bragging? Yogi Berra said it ain't braggin' if you really done it. - And we've done it.
Glad to know the rest of the world is catching up.
Monday, December 19, 2005
Sunday, December 18, 2005
The Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA is just damn cool.
In addition to the amazing display of arms and armor, you can actually take classes based on medieval and Renaissance combat manuals!
What if Mars and Venus really were inhabitable and inhabited, like in many SF stories from the early sixties and before? In this series Mars and Venus have been terraformed a long time ago and "seeded" with Earth life, including several different human species. On Earth everything is the same until the start of space exploration, but then the cold war turns into a real space race...
"The Sky People" is set on Venus, "In the Halls of the Crimson Kings" on Mars.
I've read the sample chapters for "The Sky People", and it looks good!
While the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal is conservative, the newspaper's news pages are liberal, even more liberal than The New York Times. The Drudge Report may have a right-wing reputation, but it leans left. Coverage by public television and radio is conservative compared to the rest of the mainstream media. Meanwhile, almost all major media outlets tilt to the left.
"I suspected that many media outlets would tilt to the left because surveys have shown that reporters tend to vote more Democrat than Republican," said Tim Groseclose, a UCLA political scientist and the study's lead author. "But I was surprised at just how pronounced the distinctions are."
"Overall, the major media outlets are quite moderate compared to members of Congress, but even so, there is a quantifiable and significant bias in that nearly all of them lean to the left," said co-author Jeffrey Milyo, University of Missouri economist and public policy scholar.
Of the 20 major media outlets studied, 18 scored left of center, with CBS' "Evening News," The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times ranking second, third and fourth most liberal behind the news pages of The Wall Street Journal.
The most centrist outlet proved to be the "NewsHour With Jim Lehrer." CNN's "NewsNight With Aaron Brown" and ABC's "Good Morning America" were a close second and third.
The fourth most centrist outlet was "Special Report With Brit Hume" on Fox News, which often is cited by liberals as an egregious example of a right-wing outlet. While this news program proved to be right of center, the study found ABC's "World News Tonight" and NBC's "Nightly News" to be left of center. All three outlets were approximately equidistant from the center, the report found.
"If viewers spent an equal amount of time watching Fox's 'Special Report' as ABC's 'World News' and NBC's 'Nightly News,' then they would receive a nearly perfectly balanced version of the news," said Milyo, an associate professor of economics and public affairs at the University of Missouri at Columbia.
Iraq had another election, with heavy turnouts. Democracy is taking hold.
It looks like Iraq will have a constitution in place before the EU does.
Curt at Flopping Aces comments on the left's reaction, or lack their of.
I saw Walk The Line last night. Great film with amazing vocal performances by the two leads.
Here is a post about Johnny Cash's cover of the Nine Inch Nails song, Hurt.
Rolling Stone has an article on Cash's cover of Hurt.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
For those who have been in the nerd business long enough to remember her days as the spokesperson for Play, Inc., it was interesting to see her land in a Star Trek themed band called Warp 11. This picture shows that Warp 11's Captain Karl was also a Play employee.
I just got Warp 11's CD Boldly Go Down On Me. Kiki sings lead on My Electric Man, a tribute to the "fully Functional" Lt. Cmdr. Data.
James Lileks's 2005 roundup.
Here are some highlights:
Social Security reform is declared dead. But no one can find the body. The White House will later insist that reform is merely missing; it slipped out the back of the executive mansion, bolted through the Rose Garden, and was last seen swimming across the Potomac. “We’re confident it will return soon,” stated one aide. “It has nowhere else to go.” There were unconfirmed reports that Social Security reform had been spotted frolicking on a Mexican beach with the Defense of Marriage Amendment. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Pope John Paul II dies. To the horror of many, his successor turns out to be Catholic.
Gitmo torture tales surface again in May, as Newsweek claims that a Koran was flushed down a toilet. The story is later retracted. Did no one at Newsweek consider the difficulty of flushing a book down a commode? Probably its elitist reporters and editors have Mexican housekeepers who do all their flushing for them.
Rumors persist in the media that there is a new left-wing radio network called “Air America.”
An oppressive colonizer is forced to withdraw from occupied Arab land. This is initially met with dancing in the streets of Cairo, Paris, and Turtle Bay. Then everyone realizes it is Syria pulling out of Lebanon. You must understand that the Cedar Revolution, after years of Syrian domination, has nothing to do with the American presence in Iraq, you jingoist. It’s just one of those international coincidences like the moon being where it was when Apollo 11 flew past. A few months later, Israel voluntarily withdraws from Gaza, earning approximately 17 seconds of good will from the international community. Personal best!
Iran announces it will no longer allow inspectors into the Khomeini Memorial Peaceful Nuclear Research Facility for Hastening the Destruction of Israel. European diplomats threaten to take the matter to the U.N. Subcommittee of the Task Force for Occasionally Threatening to Issue a Strongly-Worded Report. But the group’s next meeting isn’t until 2007, and it must first take up the horror of Israel’s security fence. Iran promises to allow inspections in exchange for 500 million Euros, payable in coins of enriched uranium. The E.U. agrees, with the condition that the interest rate on the loan will be adjusted upward if Iran makes nuclear bombs. If they actually detonate a bomb there would be an immediate balloon payment, make no mistake about it.
North Korea’s envoy approaches a negotiation table in Beijing at an oblique angle. He traces a tic-tac-toe grid in the dust on its surface. He wanders off again. Whistling.
Hurricane Katrina strikes precisely at the moment when the dynamite charges, personally installed by Karl Rove, blow up New Orleans’s levees. Teams of the same ninjas the Bushies used to rig the Diebold voting machines have already disabled the buses that could be used in evacuation. Initial media reports indicate that refugees in the Superdome have resorted to murder, cannibalism, voodoo, keno, and possibly jai alai. FOX anchor Shep Smith is consumed on camera by zombies. His last words indicate that he shares their outrage, if not their desire for sweet, sweet brains. In the weeks that follow it becomes obvious that the hurricane was caused by global warming—specifically, a 0.07 percent rise in median ocean temperature that caused New Orleans police officers to snatch DVDs from Wal-Mart shelves. The destruction of New Orleans, and the attendant effect on refinery capacity, is exposed by media crusaders as part of a GOP plot to raise gas prices and cripple the economy in time for the midterm elections, so they can run on a platform of "You like that? You want some more? Well do you?"
October. After years of haranguing the U.S. for refusing to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, E.U. leaders admit they will miss their own Kyoto guidelines, and have actually increased greenhouse emissions by 1.1 percent. Hurricanes level Paris and Stockholm.
Monday, December 12, 2005
From today's Boston Herald [sorry, no link. I clipped it from the dead trees version]:
[Egyptian-born Ayman al-Zawari] urged all Muslims to take up arms, saying a refusal to join the fight against "the Cross and Zionism" was a "malignant illness" that would lead to the defeat of militant Islam.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
"If you looks at history clearly, it has been conservatives who have been out on the front line in the last two decades (with Ronald Reagan leading the way), creating change and expanding freedom, not only for Americans but for the world....Last time I checked, the famous feminist - tolerant - expansive - freedom - loving - progressive Left here and around the world were still tearing their hair out over the idea of people in the Middle East being free." -- Tammy Bruce
Saturday, December 10, 2005
If you have the vinal copy of G.I. Blues, check out the pictures of Elvis Presley playing the guitar on the back.
His right hand is very swollen. He was breaking boards the night before and got a bit carried away.
Elvis started his martial arts practice while a G.I. serving in Germany.
Iowahawk channels Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi's latest blog post.
Here are some highlights:
Man, I swear I could almost tolerate this shit if all I had to deal with was the infidels and their local Iraqi ho's. Sure, they'll pop a tomahawk cap in your ass, but you can kinda understand where they're coming from. Upside, you have that fine-ass virgin coochie waiting for you in Paradise. But nooooo, Zarkman also has to cope with his own "team." Holy fucking prophet, with jihadis like these who needs enemies?
"Mmm hmm. And what skills would those be?"
"Well, uh, you know. Car burning, subway Jew beating, things like that. People skills."
Shit, I though I was gonna spray some Mecca-Cola through my nose when I saw Khalid behind them, doing that throat-slash thingy with his hook, but I kept it together. "Sure! Sounds like a plan, guys! Umm, why don't you go with Khalid. He'll take you out back and have you fill out the transfer forms." Long story short, they're back in Paris. Torsos, at least.
In fairness I guess you expect that kind of pussified goatshit from French recruits, even when they're shahids. Weasels or not, at least they have enough sense to try to save their own asses. But man, then there are these crazy fucking Saudi and Yemeni and Syrian assholes. Those guys are so stupid and horny for Paradise poontang that they're already blowing themselves up before they get their luggage unloaded from the courtesy van. We got a little joke here at the office:
What's the last thing a Saudi says to a Syrian before they met Allah?
"What does this button do?"
I'm telling you, If you were around these felchers 10 minutes you'd be convinced we need to rethink this whole marrying-in-the-clan thing. And, along with the stupid, comes the gullibility. Zawahiri, in all his motivational wisdom, bought a Dish Network subscription for the office so we could get the CNN and MSNBC feeds. "Good for morale," or something like that. Oh yeah, brilliant move there, Ayman. Next time some of my clueless shitheads decide to attack the "demoralized and broken" Team Satan after watching the Chris Matthews Show, maybe you can help stuff the remains into the Ziplocs and write the goddamn thank-you notes.
I'm starting to get paranoid about my job security because OBL stopped returning my emails a month ago. Yeah, I've heard the rumor that he's dead, but either way it looks like I'll be lucky if the bonus this year is "Zarkman lives to see the Texas-USC game."
Anyhoo, gotta close, my Zarky-sense is tingling and that usually means jarheads in the neighborhood. Before I split, isn't it close to that big infidel holiday where you give each other free shit? Especially if they're needy? Just so you know, we're running low on a lot of stuff: underwear, ammo, electrical wiring, sterile gauze, stuff like that. You kuffars are always bragging about your holiday cheer, but the only package we've gotten this year is that a cheesy "Hang In There Baby" poster from Howard Dean.
Go read the whole thing.
According to CNN, "a Canadian man held hostage in Iraq said he was there to gather information on alleged human rights abuses. Kidnappers have threated to kill James Loney and three other Christian Peacemaker Teams aid workers"
They did find the worst abuses of human rights in the region. The Islamofacists who are going to deny them all of their human rights by killing them.
Leslie Bates correctly identifies this as Evolution in Action.
Friday, December 09, 2005
A Democratic strategist who had the web ad described to her said, “This is way over the top but we have no one to blame but Dean, Kerry and others who continue to pander to the anti-war activists within our party.”
The web video advances the Republican contention that the Democrats only have a “retreat and defeat” message on the war in Iraq.
The video highlights the effect Democrats can have on the morale of U.S. soldiers.
One Republican strategist familiar with the ad said, “The Democrats, especially Howard Dean have a way of trying to turn the tables and say ‘that’s not what I meant’ – its just those ‘evil Republicans’ This video will make them crazy – it reinforces what they really believe with what they actually said – and that is devastating for the Democratic Party.”
The Captain then makes this spot on observation:
The irony for the Democrats is that they have relied so heavily on making George Bush the focus of their electoral strategy that literally any good news from Iraq now completely discredits them. That's why people like Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi have ratcheted up the hysteria in the last several weeks approaching the next election; if successful, it demonstrates that they had sold out the US for their own petty electoral interests. They need a failure in Iraq, thanks to the stupidity of their strategy through two electoral cycles. Instead of taking Joe Lieberman's advice in 2004 and accepting the Iraq War as a bipartisan effort, so that they could focus the election on domestic issues, the Democrats took up the International ANSWER banner and argued for the most radical positions available.
Now they want to bug out just before the Iraqis make it impossible for them to declare defeat any more, the last tactic open that will ensure a failure that they can then hang onto Bush. A few prominent Democrats have started to balk at this, notably Lieberman himself, Steny Hoyer, and even Hillary Clinton to a smaller degree. They understand that the Democrats have just launched themselves off the cliff, and the GOP is about to ensure that they can't reach back for a parachute for an easy landing.
Jay Tea chimes in with more on target observation.
Muslim Gang-Rapist Claims Right To Rape "Promiscuous" Girls
Their Allah given right!
THE eldest of four Pakistani gang rapist brothers has admitted lying at trial and apologised to his victims but said he thought he had a right to rape the "promiscuous" teenage girls.
MSK, 27, told the NSW Supreme Court yesterday that this was because the girls did not wear headscarves, were drinking alcohol and were unaccompanied when they went to his Ashfield home. MSK also blamed his intoxication, "cultural beliefs" and an undiagnosed mental disorder.
Our item yesterday on the Democrats' antimilitary attitude prompted this response from reader Scott Wallace:Your discussion reminded me of a friend's decision to follow anything negative he said with, "But I support the troops!" If he didn't like the meal he just ate, he would follow his complaint with "But I support the troops!" Complaints about a bad parking spot? "But I support the troops!"
It reminds me of an episode of "Seinfeld" in which Jerry and George were suspected of being gay. Throughout the whole show, anytime anything potentially negative towards homosexuals was mentioned, someone would say, "Not that there's anything wrong with that!" This would give them coverage to be as vicious or insensitive toward the gay lifestyle as they were toward anything else. In later interviews, Jerry Seinfeld admitted that the phrase was added in to the scripts late just to give them coverage. It was a wink to political correctness, and it was funny because you knew it was just a wink.
Today's Democrats feel free to say anything they want about this war--including John Kerry's recent claims of war atrocities by the troops, and Howard Dean's feeling that the war is unwinnable--as long as they follow up with, "But I support the troops!" Every time I hear them say they support the troops I think of that "Seinfeld" episode. Both phrases ring hollow and insincere, calculated to give them coverage. Seinfeld's "coverage" was funny because you knew he didn't really mean it, and such is becoming the case with the Democrats.
Democrats don't seem to understand that they're in danger of becoming a tag-line joke.
HT to the Bookworm Room.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- An Arkansas man who was arrested after he jumped the fence onto the White House grounds this week reportedly was after Chelsea Clinton -- not anyone from President George W. Bush's family.
According to a court-ordered report from the D.C. Department of Mental Health, Shawn Cox, 29, thought Clinton still lived at the White House. He thought he was destined to marry her.
Clinton, of course, left the executive mansion when Bush replaced President Bill Clinton.
Six people were arrested in a string of ecoterrorism attacks in the Pacific Northwest dating to 1998 _ four fires that caused millions in damage and the toppling of an 80-foot power transmission tower, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
The arrests were made Wednesday in Arizona, New York, Oregon and Virginia.
The radical groups Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front had claimed responsibility for most of the acts.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Compare and contrast the following quotes:
Quote #1- “The idea that the Americans are going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong.”
Quote #2- “There is no doubt that the space in which the terrorists can move has begun to shrink and that the grip around the throats of the enemy has begun to tighten. With the deployment of soldiers and police, the future for the terrorists has become frightening.”
Who said quote #1? If you guessed Osama bin Laden, you’d be wrong. It wasn’t a terrorist. It wasn’t even Baghdad Bob. It was Howard Dean, the face of the Democratic party.
Actually, quote #1 isn’t an exact quote. What Howard Dean said this week was, “The idea that we’re going to win the war in Iraq is an idea that is just plain wrong.” But changing “we” to “Americans” doesn’t change the substance of the statement. America cannot win this war, according to Dr. Dean.
The second quote? Again, it’s a paraphrase. The actual quote is this: “There is no doubt that the space in which we can move has begun to shrink and that the grip around the throats of the mujahidin has begun to tighten. With the deployment of soldiers and police, the future has become frightening.” The author was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, writing to senior al Qaeda officials. Replace the “we” with “terrorists”, and you have a statement worthy of Donald Rumsfeld.
HT to Jeff Goldstein.
On a related note, Sacred Cowburgers nails it too...
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Robert Heinlein wrote that stupidity was a fatal mutation. Proving him right is "budding" rap singer Steven Zore.
The Confederate Yankee sums it up:
When you put the barrel of a loaded gun to your head and pull the trigger three times... well, it isn't an accident. It is stupid.
Don't forget that the dead idiot in question shot himself in the head with a firearm controlled by the NFA of 1934.
Somehow, I really don't think he had the required federal tax permits to legally own the weapon he killed himself with.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
French lesbians exhausting Belgian sperm banks
Really, I'm not making this one one up!
The article goes on to say:
French lesbians have been crossing the border to Belgium in search of medical procedures to get pregnant, which are denied in France, creating a new sort of baby boom at Belgian fertility clinics.
"We do not have sufficient sperm donations in reserve to meet all the requests" for insemination, Delbaere said at a recent conference on homosexual parenting in Paris.
HT to Tanker at Ace of Spades HQ, who points out:
Why don't they just do what they have done historically? You know, use the German sperm for all their needs.
Sunday, December 04, 2005
You used to be able to reflash Linksys WiFi routers with cool third party code, since it ran embedded LINUX.
Then Cisco took over and killed that by using a proprietary OS and cutting the flash and RAM in half.
Now, they are releasing a "Old School" model running LINUX and hackable.
This is cool.
HT to Paul at Wizbang.
Reports on the interwebs indicate that Sony or its ad agency has paid graffiti artists to spray paint images of little kids playing with PSPs in at least five U.S. cities: Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Thankfully here in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood, someone decided to talk back to a mega-corporation arrogant enough to piss on my neighborhood's walls in order to move units.
Stop by and see some pictures.
"(Obligatory disclaimer: Literally, the first beer to one lucky reader. I'm not buying five thousand people their first beers of the evening. End of obligatory disclaimer.)"
— Hollywood writer Michael Oates Palmer ("The West Wing," "Blind Justice"), pledging in a political blog that if a supporter of New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton "can point me to one decision or vote she's made in the last four years where she took a stand that went against her best political interests — I'll buy the first beer."
Friday, December 02, 2005
"Whether you like it or not, gun rights are civil rights. If you are against gun rights, then you are in the same pack as the Klan and the communists, and are as likely to vote to shut down churches and newspapers as you are to license and register guns." -- Guy Smith
"Personally, I'd be delighted to live in a country where happily married gay couples had closets full of assault weapons." -- Glenn Reynolds
"Want to know what it's like to be a second-class citizen? Own a gun in an extremely Blue state or area." -- The Smallest Minority
"It is an impressive place that smells like the 1950s, when everyone wore starch white shirts and black slacks and perfect crewcuts and worked on massive industrial projects..." -- Elf Sternberg
"Best practice" tends to mean "works well enough you won't get fired for following the proceedure, and doesn't cost to much to implement."
"Of course, the underlying structure of everything in England is posh. There is no in-between with these people. You have to walk a mile to find a telephone booth, but when you find it, it is built as if the senseless dynamiting of pay phones had been a serious problem in the past. And a British mailbox can presumably stop a German tank." -- Cryptonomicon